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Stephanie Izard’s Rooftop Restaurant Returns, Plus Five More Openings

A running list of brand-new spots plus restaurants reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

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A large, spacious dining room with huge windows.
Peruvian rooftop restaurant Cabra has reopened its terrace for outdoor dining.
Cabra [Official Photo]

Indoor dining is again banned in Chicago as of October 30, per a mandate from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker in response to escalating rates of coronavirus in the city. The rollback on pandemic regulations forces bar and restaurant operators to pivot once again to try and keep their businesses open and employees paid, turning to outdoor dining (weather and temperatures allowing), as well as carryout and delivery.

The following are just some of the restaurants that have reopened their patios and takeout windows. It will be updated periodically. For a list on available takeout and delivery options, go here.

Know of a restaurant back open? Email with details so they can be included when this post is next updated.

December 18

Fulton Market: Cabra, the Peruvian rooftop restaurant from Top Chef and Iron Chef winner Stephanie Izard, has reopened its partially-enclosed area for dinner during the week and additional lunch service on weekends, according to a rep. Staff are featuring an abbreviated menu and there are heaters stationed on every table. Reservations are available online. Coincidentally, Izard was criticized on Friday for irresponsible cultural appropriation after posting a recipe for a dish she called “bibimbap” on Instagram. She has since apologized for the post. Cabra inside the Hoxton hotel, 200 N. Green Street, Open 4 p.m. to 10 pm. daily; 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Lakeview: New Italian restaurant Pizzeria Flora is featuring pizza, pasta, and mussels in red wine sauce, according to a rep. The space previously housed kosher Middle Eastern spot Mizrahi on Clark. Pizzeria Flora, 3037 N. Clark Street, Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Logan Square: Mr. E’s Late Nite, the newest spot from prolific restaurateur Esam Hani (the Old Plank, Cafe Con Leche), is open and serving, according to Block Club Chicago. It’s an unfussy venue where staff sling late-night friendly items including hot dogs, Italian beef, pizza puffs, plus cheap beer. It’s the seventh business Hani operates in the 2700 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. Mr. E’s Late Nite, 2704 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open for carryout and delivery, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Motor Row: New virtual venture Killah Quesadillah debuts Friday with a menu of creative sweet and savory quesadilla options, according to a Facebook post. Options include a Baja Shrimpadillah (Takis Zombie-fried shrimp, baja slaw, Chihuahua cheese, avocado) and Dulcedillah (strawberry cream cheese, vanilla wafers, champurrado, cajeta caramel sauce, strawberries). Killah Quesadillah, 2537 S. Wabash Avenue, Order delivery and carryout through the website, Open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday; 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Wicker Park: Taquizo, the new Mexican street food spot that’s replaced 20-year-old stalwart Las Palmas, opened this week under the same ownership. A casual taqueria, it features tacos de suadero, quesotacos (rolled in crisped melted cheese), and more from veteran chef Yanitzin Sanchez (Mas, Sabor Saveur, Mercado Cocina). There’s also antojitos, burritos, and bowls, and eventually staff will launch an upscale menu that’s still under development. Taquizo, 1835 W. North Avenue, Order online via Toast, Open noon to 9 p.m. Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Oakbrook Terrace: Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria has moved its Northbrook locations to Oakbrook Terrace. So suburbanites still have a source for deep-dish goodness. Lou Malnati’s, 18W080 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace, open 4 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

December 11

Around Town: A former Blackbird and Spiaggia bartender has opened a delivery-only operation selling cocktails to go, snacks, and sandwiches. It’s called Present Tense and they’ve got drinks like ·Chicago Tea (rye, brandy, Demerara, orange and angostura bitters), CR-7 Manhattan (Fino sherry, rye, rosé vermouth), and a margarita (tequila, cinnamon, orange, lemon). There’s also sandwiches and snacks. Order via Tock.

A platter of snacks in front of four glass bottles filled with cocktails.
Present Tense is a new endeavor.
Present Tense [Official Photo]

Humboldt Park: Tecalitlan, a beloved Mexican restaurant that closed over the summer in West Town as it searches for a new location, has set up a delivery-only restaurant in Humboldt Park. Order via Uber Eats and Grubhub.

Lincoln Park: Food Haul, the virtual food hall the opened over the summer at Local Foods, has brought on Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani to open a pasta and burger virtual restaurants. Toscana and Burger ‘n Wiches joins six other restaurants, including options from veterans Dirk Flanagan and Anthony Bosko. Order online.

Lincoln Park: Lincoln Commons, the development where Children’s Memorial Hospital once stood, is welcoming Verve Wine to its retail side. Verve has locations in New York and San Francisco. It’s a boutique wine shop, and they’ll open for online ordering first before welcoming customers to browse. Verve Wine, 2934 N. Lincoln Avenue, virtual opening on December 12.

River North: Clutch, a River North bar, has launched a pair of takeout- and delivery-only restaurants. They first is a fried chicken concept inspired by Disney’s Incredibles. It’s called the Kluckerz. There’s also a taco spot called Lime and Radish, and ordering is via Tock.

Roscoe Village: After closing to regroup, Roscoe Village French/Mediterranean restaurant Le Sud is back with heated bubble dining. 2031 W. Roscoe Street, reservations via Resy.

Evanston: Inside suburban Evanston’s Prairie Moon gastropub, owners have launched Pasta Luna. The Trib has details. Pasta Luna, 1635 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

December 4

Bronzeville: Carver 47, a cafe inspired by famed agricultural scientist and inventor Dr. George Washington Carver, is back open inside South Side cultural arts and education center Little Black Pearl. It features a new menu from chef and vocalist Lizz Wright. Patrons can off an all-day menu with items like a Booker T flatbread (mushrooms, spinach, chicken, thyme), a meatless Quarantine Burger (Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce), smoothies, juices, and more. The cafe also offers holiday and dinner boxes with ingredients from an onsite garden and featuring local vegetable purveyors, as well as a retail market with produce, clothes, and home goods. Carver 47, 1050 E. 47th Street, Order online for carryout, Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Bucktown: Taqueria Chingón, the Mexico City-style taqueria from chefs Sotero Gallegos (Le Sardine), Marcos Ascencio (Bar Lupo, Nomi), and Oliver Poilevey of Le Bouchon, debuted Friday on Western Avenue to a long line of excited patrons, according to an Instagram post. The trio feature seven tacos, including crispy pig head carnitas (“Mexican giardiniera,” arbol salsa), vegetarian al pastor (marinated portobello, celery root, pineapple), and costilla (short rib, pea tendrils, hazelnuts). They’re also offering a Que Rico Chingón Special — al pastor meat available by the half or full pound — plus pozole, ceviche, and quesadillas. Stay tuned for more on this buzzy new spot. Taqueria Chingón, 2236 N. Western Avenue, Order pickup via Toast, Open noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Lakeview: 1930s-inspired coffee shop Cafe Deko is open, sporting an Art Deco aesthetic and a walk-up window, according to a rep. Patrons can expect coffee, tea, espresso drinks, including Freddo cappuccinos. A small food selection includes pastries, bagels, and muffins. Cafe Deko, 800 W. Diversey Parkway, Order pickup via Square, Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Lincoln Park: Coastal Soups, a new virtual restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), is now serving a rotating menu of eight seasonal soups out of the kitchen at Summer House Santa Monica, according to a rep. Each soup comes with an appropriate bread option: roasted corn chowder comes with a buttermilk biscuit, for example, and chicken tomatillo soup is served with a jalapeno corn muffin. Soup selections will change every two weeks. Costal Soups, 1954 N. Halsted Street in Summer House Santa Monica, Order carryout and delivery via ChowNow, Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Noble Square: At long last, a now infamous Checkers location in the Polish Triangle is open after more than a year and a half of delays. Originally slated to open in July 2019, reps pushed the opening date to December and then postponed the debut indefinitely. Located beside a Popeye’s owned by the same franchisee, the restaurant was supposed to be a big deal for Checkers — it was a part of a plan to open 100 new restaurants in the Chicago area at the time. Fans can count on a menu of the chain’s burgers, wings, and popular “famously” seasoned fries. Checkers, 1555 W. Division Street, Order delivery and pickup via Postmates, Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Pullman: Local coffee spot AndySunflower Cafe has opened a new location inside One Eleven Food Hall featuring hot caffeinated (and some decaf) beverages, along with breakfast items, pastries, and snacks, according to a news release. Specialty latte options include Bananas Foster, Magic Maple, and Chocobutter, and patrons can expect doughnut options from the South Side’s legendary bakery Old Fashioned Donuts. The cafe’s items are also available out of Aint She Sweet Cafe in Beverly. AndySunflower Cafe, 756 East 111th Street inside One Eleven Food Hall, Order online for carryout or curbside pickup, Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

River North: Virtual cocktail spot Gin and Juice has launched with a selection of individual and group-size cocktail kits from Three Dots and a Dash beverage director Kevin Beary and his team at the LEYE tiki bar, according to a rep. The drink menu primarily features classic cocktails like Mai Tais, Negronis, and Boulivardiers, as well as a few novelties like a Sesame Japanese Old Fashioned. Gin and Juice, 435 N. Clark Street inside Bub City, Order pickup and delivery via Tock, Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The Loop: Ocean Prime, one of Chicago’s top steakhouses, has reopened for carryout and delivery inside the Shops at LondonHouse, according to a Facebook post. The glitzy downtown venue a month ago announced it would close for an indefinite amount of time. Menu items include seafood and prime steaks, as well as sushi and cocktails to go. Ocean Prime, 87 E. Wacker Drive, Order online for carryout and delivery, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Wicker Park: Mexican cafe chain La Borra Del Cafe has opened its first Chicago location in the former the former Buck’s/Carriage House space on Division. Menu items include Mexican pastries like conchas as well as toasts, coffee, frappes, and Mexican hot chocolate. The eight-year-old brand currently operates more than 65 locations between Mexico and the U.S., including a spot that opened last year in suburban Berwyn. La Borra Del Cafe, 1700 W. Division Street, online ordering available via third parties, Open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily for carryout.

Wicker Park: We’re Winging It, a new chicken wing operation out of family-owned Filipino restaurant Cebu, has debuted featuring six varieties of wings, according to a Facebook post. Cebu chef Malvin Tan is slinging wings in flavors like soy calamansi, tamarind (garlic, onion, pepper), guava bbq (vinegar, soy sauce) and more, along with thighs, fries, and rice. We’re Winging It, 2211 W. North Avenue inside Cebu, Order pickup via Toast, Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Oak Brook: Chef Bill Kim (Urbanbelly, the Table at Crate) has launched a suburban delivery-only restaurant, Bill Kim’s Pizza & Parm Shop, according to a news release. It’s a partnership with Cornerstone Restaurant Group, the company behind all Michael Jordan-brand restaurants. The new spot features a tight selection of Detroit-style pizzas, plus chicken parmesan as an entree or sandwich, wings, salads, and desserts. Bill Kim’s Pizza & Parm Shop, Order delivery online via Caviar, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Prospect Heights: Nashville hot chicken chain Fry the Coop has opened its fourth Chicago area location — and its first with a drive-thru window, according to a news release. Fans can expect chicken fried in beef fat with a range of heat levels, ranging from “country” (no spice) all the way up to “crazy hot.” A forthcoming suburban Tinley Park location is slated to open this winter. The chain also operates a city in West Town and suburban spots in Oak Lawn and Elmhurst. Fry the Coop, 580 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Prospect Heights, Currently drive-thru only, Open noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

November 20

Garfield Park: Pollo Campero, a chain of fried and grilled chicken restaurants founded in Guatamala, launched a carryout and delivery-only location this week on the West Side, according to a news release. Patrons can expect “Campero fried,” “citrus grilled,” and “extra crunchy” chicken options, plus empanadas and sides such as yucca fries and sweet plantains. The chain, which operates 50 restaurants around the world, has another Chicago location in Albany Park. Pollo Campero, 3103 W. Lake Street, online ordering available, open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

A table of plates and trays filled with French sandwiches wrapped in blue and white checked paper.
French Quiche is open in Lincoln Park.
French Quiche [Official Photo]

Lincoln Park: Neighborhood cafe French Quiche, a sister restaurant to neighboring bistro Chez Moi, debuted this month with a grab-and-go menu, according to a news release. Inspired by New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, chef Chef Dominique Tougne’s menu features a menu of daytime favorites such as French onion soup, four types of quiche (Lorraine, Savoyarde, Parisienne, and Provencal), sandwiches such as Le Croque Monsieur (white bread, Bechamel sauce, ham, Dijon mustard, Swiss), crepes, flatbreads, and more. French Quiche, 2210 N. Halsted Street, online ordering via Toast, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Old Town: Ruth’s Panmade Pizza, a new delivery-only spot from the hospitality group behind Quad Cities-style chain Roots Handmade Pizza, debuted Thursday with an emphasis on butter-crust deep dish pizza, according to a news release. The business is named for the illustrious late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who co-founded the ACLU’s Women’s Right’s Project. Menu options include for 12-inch pies like the RBG Supreme (taco-seasoned ground beef, sliced jalapenos, black olives, fried tortilla strips, cheddar cheese curds, Chihuaua cheese, mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, marinara), along with salads, wings, burgers, and over-the-top sandwiches (think lasagna sandwich). In honor of Ginsburg and her tireless work on issues of gender equity, Ruth’s is donating 10 percent of all proceeds to the the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU of Illinois, earmarked for the Women’s and Reproductive Rights project. Ruth’s Panmade Pizza, 1610 N. Wells Street inside Roots Old Town, online ordering available, open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Lunch delivery hours are slated to begin in December.

A deep dish pizza piled with pepperoni
Ruth’s features five different 12-inch pizzas.
Ruth’s Panmade Pizza [Official Photo]

South Loop: Florida-based seafood chain Red Lobster has opened its first delivery-only virtual kitchen, according to Chicago Business Journals. The well-known brand, like most other restaurants, is working to stay solvent as diners stay home due to the pandemic — leadership hopes off-premise sales will do the trick. Red Lobster, 2537 S. Wabash Avenue, online ordering available, open 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

West Loop: Lovage, a new all-day cafe and market in the former Stumptown Coffee Roasters cafe just off the lobby at Ace Hotel Chicago, has debuted for to-go service, according to a rep. Led by executive chef Matt Danko and pastry chef Felicia Mayden, Lovage features coffee and espresso drinks (still from Stumptown), plus juice, cockails, pastries, sandwiches like a tomato and avocado with olive-compressed onions and garlic aioli, and more. There’s also a market-style selection of pantry items like wine, beer, snacks, and breads. The cafe is participating in the Artisan Grain Collaborative’s Neighbor Loaves charity, supporting farmers, bakers, and hungry Chicagoans. Staff are featuring a Thanksgiving meal for groups of two and four via Tock. Lovage, 311 N Morgan Street, online ordering via ChowNow, open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

West Loop: Rye Deli & Drink, a new restaurant featuring contemporary takes on Eastern European Jewish deli classics, opened for carryout Thursday inside the Crowne Plaza hotel. Executive chef Billy Caruso (24 Diner, Easy Tiger), an Austin transplant, makes his bagels with heirloom flours from Janie’s Mill in Ashkum (78 miles south of Chicago) in varieties such as Maldon sea salt and thyme, za’atar, and even blue masa with Mexican cinnamon. Menu items also include a smoky, salty pastrami sandwich; a delightfully modern riff on matzo ball soup made with a sofrito of spices like sumac, za’atar, and Ethiopian berbere that’s novel yet nostalgic; and crispy morning bites like Tunisian briks (egg, fingerling potatoes, thyme, dill, crepe shell) and Persian fava bean kuku (baked-herbed omelet, seasonal roasted vegetables). Cocktails (sans deli theme) are also available, including We Got the Beet (beet-infused Cincoro Blanco tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, black lime rim). Rye Deli & Drink, 25 S. Halsted Street inside the Crowne Plaza hotel, carryout ordering available online, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

November 13

Avondale: A much-hyped new location for Portillo’s, the famed Chicago fast food chain beloved for its Italian Beef sandwiches and gargantuan slices of chocolate cake, opened earlier this month to a line of super fans, according to the Tribune. Though its dining room is currently closed, all usual goods are available via drive-thru, curbside pickup, or delivery. An outdoor patio is also open. Portillo’s, 3343 W. Addison Street, online ordering available, open 10 a.m. to midnight daily.

Chatham: New South Side Jamaican spot Jerk It Iz debuted Thursday with oxtail, curry goat, jerk meats and more, Block Club Chicago reports. Chicagoan Keisha Walton and Montego Bay native Calvin McPherson have geared their business those who work second shift and face limited food options during the pandemic. Fans of McPherson’s jerk sauce can even buy it by the bottle. Jerk It Iz, 8239 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Hyde Park: Family-owned Cantonese restaurant Jade Court reopened in a new location this week in a new location about a year after owners closed on Racine Avenue, according to Block Club. The Near West Side location — the second of Jade Court three iterations — closed last year following the death of founder Eddy Cheung, who is credited with helping to bring dim sum to Chicago. Customers can order off a limited lunch and dinner menu for the time being, and staff plan to eventually debut a dim sum menu as well. Jade Court, 1516 E. Harper Court, online ordering via ChowNow, Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

A stall inside a food hall with a sign overhead that reads “Dimo’s Pizza”
Dimo’s Pizza is open inside Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall.
Tara Kline/Dimo’s Pizza

Illinois Medical District: Chicago mini-chain Dimo’s Pizza has opened a new location inside Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall, according to a rep. The new spot features a tight menu of familiar salads, starters, and pizzas, as well as brand specialities like a mac-and-cheese pie called the Mac (macaroni noodles, mild cheddar, sharp white cheddar, smoked provolone, parmesan, white sauce, green onions). Dimo’s Pizza at Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall, 1811 W. Harrison Street, ordering available online, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

South Loop: New virtual kitchen company Chicago Urban Kitchens has launched two restaurants, Autentaco and Burritos After Dark, according to a rep. The spots are a result of a collaboration among executive chef Josh Septoski, local restaurant veteran Danny Espinoza (Two, Cantina Laredo, Mexique), and company co-founder Joe Carrozza. Autentaco proffers a menu of tacos like birria, carne asada, and el pastor; Burritos After Dark, open only in the evening, opts for more offbeat options like a Chick’n Fuego burrito (Takis Fuego-crusted fried chicken, jalapeno slaw, chihuahua cheese, beans, chipotle mayo, crushed Takis Fuego, rice). Autentaco, 2537 S. Wabash Avenue, online ordering available, open noon to 9 p.m. daily; Burritos After Dark, 2537 S. Wabash Avenue, online ordering available, open 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday.

West Loop: Top Chef and Iron Chef champion Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Duck Duck Goat) this week debuted Sugargoat, a new bakery inside her kid-friendly Little Goat Diner on Randolph Restaurant Row. Izard and pastry chef Faith Taheny have created a selection of sweet treats in unusual flavors like avocado toast cake (sourdough cake, tomatillo caramel, tomato caramel buttercream, avocado buttecream), Cheez-It cupcakes (cheddar caramel, strawberry Nesquik buttercream, cheddar caramel buttercream, peanut butter Cheez-It crunch), and a chocolate shake french fry pie inspired by a Wendy’s Frosty and fries. Sugargoat, inside the Little Goat Diner, 820 W. Randolph Street; (312) 667-0108; open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, delivery available via Caviar.

Rows of frosted cupcakes in pink paper sit on a tray inside a pastry case.
These pancake cupcakes taste like breakfast.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

November 6

Bronzeville: New virtual hot fried chicken spot Cluck It began offering takeout and delivery this week, operating out of CloudKitchens on Wabash Avenue, according to a news release. Husband-and-wife team Cainan Edwards and Samantha Zubli are using Japanese techniques to create fried chicken that is both crunchy and fluffy, featured in menu items such as the Mother Clucker sandwich (8-ounce boneless chicken thigh, brioche bun, coleslaw, American cheese, Cluck It sauce). Sides include lobster mac and cheese (baked mac, lobster claw and knuckle meat) and Cheesy Waffle Fry (seasoned waffle fries, sport pepper cheese sauce). Cluck It, 2537 S. Wabash Avenue, order online, open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Burnside: Nipsey’s, a new restaurant and lounge from Chicago hospitality vet Teddy Gilmore (Drinkhaus, Nouveau Tavern), opens Friday for pickup, according to an Instagram post. Block Club Chicago has more details on the restaurant which is inspired by Fox’s ‘90s sitcom Martin. Patrons can expect menu options including fried green tomatoes (pickled sweet peppers, remoulade), Southern fried catfish (lemon pepper cauliflower, collard greens with smoked turkey, french fries with aioli, or grits), pasta, and pizza. Nipsey’s, 9156 S. Stony Island Avenue, online ordering via Toast, open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Edgewater: Rewired Cafe and Pizza Bar, a relocated and revamped version of the cafe at the Bryn Mawr Red Line station, debuted this week in new digs on Thorndale Avenue, according to a Facebook post. The community-focused neighborhood spot now offer an expanded menu for pickup and delivery with sandwiches, salads, and pizzas that owner Daniel Barat describes as Neapolitan-style with a little bit of a cracker crust, made with a 24-hour fermentation process. Pies selections include an Onion Soup pizza (caramelized onion, white sauce, parmesan cheese) and Al Pastor pizza (al pastor pork, pineapple, pickled onion, cilantro, green salsa). Coffee drinks, beer, and wine are also available. Rewired Cafe and Pizza Bar, 1102 W. Thorndale Avenue, order via Toast, open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Lincoln Park/Bucktown: Farm-friendly grocer Local Foods this week welcomed shoppers back inside its space for the first time since March. In the meantime, it relied on online ordering and curbside pickup for the last eight months. Located along the Elston Industrial Corridor, the store has a capacity limit of 15, there’s new plexiglass barriers at the butchery section, and aisles are wider for better social distancing. Its cafe, Stock, will remain closed but grab-and-go items are available. Local Foods, 1427 W. Willow Street, online ordering via Mercato, call or email for orders (312) 432-6575,, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

A metal tray piled with six cheeseburgers.
The Back Door Burger is open at Found Hotel Chicago.
The Back Door Burger/Found Hotel Chicago [Official Photo]

River North: The Back Door Burger, a new casual spot at Found Hotel Chicago, began offering delivery and walk-up window service this week, according to a rep. It features a tight menu of a cheeseburger (single or double), a vegetarian Impossible Burger, and a crispy chicken sandwich (creamy Buffalo sauce), plus fries and a chocolate chip cookie. The Back Door Burger, 613 N. Wells Street, order online, open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

West Loop: Sakusaku, a new to-go spot serving Japanese tonkatsu from celebrated Boka Group chef Gene Kato (Momotaro), launched this week, according to a rep. Menu options for carryout and delivery include Berkshire pork tenderloin, Bershire pork ribs, an 8-ounce Wagyu New York strip, a Wagyu katsu sando, and more, all served with white kimchi, ponzu, tonkatsu sauce, “Asian chimichurri,” and hot mustard. A selection of aimono, or sweet things, features black sesame panna cotta and ube cookies. Sakusaku, 820 W. Lake Street (outside Momotaro), order via Tock, open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

A plate with a large tonkatsu on it.
Sakusaku means “crispy” in Japanese.
Sakusaku [Official Photo]

Evanston: Smoked meat landmark Hecky’s Barbecue reopens Friday for pickup and delivery, according to a Facebook post. That date is especially significant, as it would have been late founder Hecky Powell’s 72nd birthday. Powell died in May, and is remembered as a pillar of Evanston’s business community, a role model for Black business owners in the area, and a champion for local youth. He founded the restaurant in 1983, bringing true Chicago-style barbecue ribs, rib tips, chicken, and more to the suburbs. The restaurant celebrated its 37th anniversary in October. Hecky’s Barbecue, 1902 Green Bay Road in Evanston, order online, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

October 30

Fulton Market: Brite, a new bakery from two fine-dining chefs, is open and operating out of Metric Coffee’s cafe, according to the Tribune. Sieger Bayer and Erika Chan, ex-chef de cuisine and pastry chef at the Publican, respectively, aim to offer comforting yet upscale baked goods in both sweet and savory varieties. Seasonal specials include a fall apple fritter that’s glazed with a riff on Mexican tepache (a drink made with fermented pineapple) and a ham-and-cheese croissant with tomato jam. Bayer and Chan will also pop up with Brite in other spots around town, including on Saturday at Maplewood Brewery’s lounge in Logan Square. Brite, 2021 W. Fulton Street at Metric Coffee.

Hyde Park: El Oso, a new Mexican pop-up from chef Jonathan Zaragoza (of the iconic Birria Zaragoza), is open inside the Promontory with a menu that includes roasted goat shank paired with a black mole that takes five days to make. Other offerings include flautas (garlic potato, white fish ceviche, crema), ceviche verde (shrimp, serrano, avocado, salsa macha, tostada), and La Perla del Helado (Pretty Cool Ice Cream, Loaf Lounge concha) for dessert. Zaragoza hopes to find a permanent space for El Oso in the neighborhood. El Oso, inside the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue, Open 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Order pickup online.

Lakeview: Sheffield Kitchen, a delivery-only virtual kitchen hub from the hospitality group behind Whiskey Business in Wicker Park, is open with six brands to choose from, according to a news release. These include over-the-top grilled cheese spot Cheesie’s, A Slice of Cheesie’s (with items like mac-and-cheese topped pizza), G&T Over the Tavern: Pierogi (featuring sweet and savory varieties), and Broke High and Hungry (stoner-friendly fried fare like mozzarella sticks and chicken wings), as well as Bomb Ass Burgers and Tommy Want Wingy (self-explanatory). Customers can place orders online. Sheffield Kitchen, 964 W. Belmont Avenue.

Logan Square: Longman & Eagle has reopened its sausage shop after a three-year break, according to Block Club Chicago. Fans can order from a sizable selection of wieners (including chili dogs, Chicago dogs, French onion dogs, and more), plus double smash burgers, cheese fries, and cocktails to go. Longman & Eagle Sausage Shop, 2657 N. Kedzie Avenue, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Order online for pickup, order delivery via DoorDash.

Logan Square: Nomonomo Japanese Pub and Grill, a new sister spot from the team at ramen den Wasabi, is open on Milwaukee Avenue, according to an Instagram post. Menu items include kushiyaki, or Japanese meat, seafood, and vegetable skewers cooked over a binchotan grill, as well as noodles such as uni creamy udon and smaller bites like takoyaki and onigiri (rice balls). Customers can reserve outdoor patio seats or order for carryout via Tock. Nomonomo Japanese Pub and Grill, 2115 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday.

Logan Square: Bungalow by Middle Brow, an acclaimed brewery that also bakes pizza and breads, as opened a daytime cafe. It’s called Bungalow by Day and it serves cinnamon rolls, “weird espresso,” biscotti, scones, and breakfast sandwiches. The signature toasts are available and there’s lunch sandwiches. They’ll also have a 2-percent ABV beer on tap, wines, and switchels and kombuchas. Bungalow by Day, 2840 W. Armitage Avenue, open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bungalow by Day’s fresh cinnamon rolls.
Bungalow by Day [Official Photo]

Near North Side: Adorn, the enormous new restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer, debuted this month inside the Four Seasons Hotel on Michigan Avenue. It replaces Allium, the hotel’s restaurant that lasted eight years. Sawyer’s inspirations come from his travels to Italy, France, and Japan, with menu items including triple-cooked whole eggplant (za’atar, chermula, chick peas) and lobster and spaghetti “Joe Beef” style (bucatini pasta, cognac butter and tarragon, bacon lardon). In light of Chicago’s new dining ban, which goes into effect Friday, Adorn will feature its signature dishes for carryout, according to a rep. Patrons can order by phone at (312) 280-8800. Adorn, 120 E. Delaware Place inside the Four Seasons Hotel, Call for hours.

River North: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises is serving tavern-style pizzas at Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza. Named from Bill Rancic, the developer and winner of The Apprentice, the pizzeria is run out of the RPM on the Water complex off the river. Check out the menu here. Delivery is available within a 5-mile radius of the address. The pizza is a tribute to Rancic’s South Side roots, according to a news release. Carryout is available, as well. Bill’s Original Tavern Pizza, 317 N. Clark Street. Order pick up here via Tock, delivery here via DoorDash.

October 23

Chinatown: Tony Hu, a longtime Chicago restaurateur also known as the “mayor of Chinatown,” has opened a new restaurant, Hunan Cuisine, according to a Facebook post. Menu items are vast and varied, and include specialities such as chopped pepper with steamed fish head, stir-fried chili pepper with pork, and Hengyang fish noodles. The website also promises private party rooms with karaoke — though singing could be risky, as health experts advise COVID-19 can spread through the air. Takeout and delivery are available online. Ownership has not yet responded to a request for more information. Hunan Cuisine, 2002 S. Wentworth Avenue, Suite 100, Open 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Lakeview: At long last, brunch spot Wake ‘N Bacon is open with plenty of boozy daytime beverages. Co-owners and local industry veterans Sarah and Gabriel Ayala first announced plans for the cafe in June 2019 and hoped to launch by fall, but encountered delays. The playful menu aims to combine familiar American breakfast dishes with Asian and Latin flavors, such as Halo Halo Chia Chia (chia pudding, fruit, green coconut jelly, Fruity Pebbles) and an Ube Flap Jack Stack (ube pancake, bacon, eggs, cheddar, crunchy potatoes). Patrons can also add CBD to both food and drink. Carryout and delivery are available online. Stay tuned for more coverage. Wake ‘N Bacon, 420 W. Belmont Avenue, Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Lincoln Park: Smiley’s Breakfast Sandwich Co., a new delivery-only spot run out of Chicago’s Dog House, is open. The tight menu features a signature sandwich, the Smiley (choice of bacon, sausage, or vegetarian; melted cheese; tomato; onion; green peppers, mayo, optional fried egg for $2 extra), as well as a Smiley’s Breakfast (two eggs; choice of bacon, sausage, or vegetable; hash, optional melted cheese for $1 extra), and hasbrowns as a side. Delivery is available via DoorDash, UberEats, and Grubhub. Smiley’s Breakfast Sandwich Co., 816 W Fullerton Avenue, Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.

A large pink marble bar backed by shelves of bottles.
Untitled’s new pink marble bar
Austin Isaac Peters/Untitled Supper Club

River North: Longtime nightlife spot Untitled reopens Friday with a new Art Deco aesthetic, a prix fixe menu, and live performances. Workers have revamped the 18,000 square-foot multi-room space to resemble a glitzy 1920s-era cabaret, complete with an ostrich plume chandelier and a pink marble bar. Executive chef David Gebhardt (Katana) has designed a five-course Italian prix fixe menu for $55 without a view of the stage, or $65 with entertainment. Main course options include rabbit saltimbocca (rabbit loin, prosciutto, mashed potatoes, pickled asparagus) and grilled whole mackerel (Atlantic mackerel, charred cherry tomatoes, salsa verde). The beverage list features classic cocktails like Manhattans and Sazeracs, as well as four whiskey flights. Untitled reopens with three dinner seatings and one performance (6 p.m.) per night. Tickets and reservations are available online. Untitled, 111 W. Kinzie Street, Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday.

Wicker Park: Arizona-based toasted sub chain Cheba Hut, known for its weed theme and full bar, is open after more than a year of waiting. Patrons can expect sandwiches with punny pot names like Kali Mist (roasted turkey breast, chipotle mayo, jalapeños, crispy bacon, creamy pepper jack, avocado), as well as an extensive custom wall mural packed with Chicago icons, doobies in hand. The inside space seats nearly 70, but is limited to 27 with social distancing. A heated outdoor patio space houses another 42. Cheba Hut Wicker Park, 1950 W. Division Street, Open 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 pa.m. Friday and Saturday.

A toasted sub sandwich
Cheba Hut is open at long last in Wicker Park.
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Schaumburg: Texas-based chain Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has opened its second suburban Chicago location, according to a news release. The brand is best known for its “seven finger high” pork chop. The 12,000 square-foot restaurant can seat more than 330 diners at full capacity. Perry’s opened its first Chicago area location in 2013 in suburban Oak Brook. Curbside pickup is also available. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, 1780 E. Golf Road in Schaumburg, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 4 p.m. 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

October 16

Lincoln Park: New Lebanese-Mexican restaurant Evette’s opened Thursday to great success, selling out of food within two hours of its debut. Chefs Mitchell AbouJamra and Rafa Esparza (Dorian’s) hope to foster a familiar hot dog stand-like atmosphere with menu items like shawarma, taco arabes, fattoush salad, and more. Esparza unexpectedly closed his acclaimed coffee shop Finom in late September. The restaurant is open for takeout and limited seating for the time being. Evette’s, 350 W. Armitage Avenue, now open; regular hours start Monday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Three tacos in a plate.
Evette’s highlights the Lebanese influence on Mexican cuisine.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park: World Nutrition, a new cafe and juice bar that sits on the boarder between two neighborhoods, is open, according to Block Club Chicago. Co-owners and partners Eliuth and Omar Guzman feature “guilt free” pastries, coffee, horchata, smoothies, and more. The pair also own Latin Plate Catering & Events and had long dreamed of opening their own cafe. That plan became more immediate when the majority of gatherings were canceled because of the pandemic. World Nutrition, 2029 W. Division Street, Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

West Loop: The team that brought Chicago a $350 peanut butter and jelly sandwich have a new project. Grapes & Grains, a new vintage-themed bar that aims to evoke 1920s-era Chicago, opens Friday, according to a news release. Cocktail options include riffs on classics like a French 38 (Remy 1738, lemon, honey, champagne, rose water) and a New York Sour (Woodford Double Oaked, demerara, lemon, red wine). There’s light fare such as cheese and charcuterie boards and Italian smoked burrata (apple jam, watercress, garlic confit), plus wine, beer, and spirits. Partners Dimitri Anastos and Matthew McCahill have selected a Peoria Street space that neighbors McCahill’s other newish venture, casual pizza bar PB&J. Reservations are available via Tock. Grapes & Grains, 201 N. Peoria Street, Open 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Friday; 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

October 8

Auburn Gresham: New coffee shop Afro Joe’s is open on the South Side, according to Block Club Chicago. It’s from neighborhood resident Kendall Griffin, a marketing manager for Genesis Motor, and his wife Aisha. In addition to coffee drinks, customers can expect pastries and breakfast sandwiches for the time being. The Griffins are also working on a full lunch menu with sandwiches and wraps named in honor of the area, like the South Side short rib grilled cheese. Online ordering for carryout is available via Toast. Afro Joe’s, 8344 S. Halsted Avenue, Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Gold Coast: Somerset, the glitzy restaurant inside the Viceroy Hotel, reopens Friday under the watchful eye of new executive chef Stephen Gillanders (S.K.Y.). His opening menu is a departure from his popular Pilsen restaurant, featuring a simple, seasonal selection that includes spicy crab on crispy rice (king crab, red chili emulsion), buratta caramelle (yeasted butter, mushrooms, cured yolk), and a wood-fired New York strip (roasted mushrooms, green chili chimichurri). The restaurant reopens (without BOKA) with expanded outdoor seating. Read the menu below. Somerset, inside the Viceroy Chicago, 1112 N. State Street, Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Somerset Opening Menu 10.4.2020.pdf

Lakeview: Neighborhood favorite Mfk. reopened Thursday for delivery and takeout. The reopening menu errs on the side of simplicity, with items including wild mushroom risotto, a smoked half chicken (roasted pepper aioli, potato hash), and slices of Basque cake. The team plans to expand the menu with new items over the course of the coming winter months. Customers can place orders via Tock. Mfk., 432 W. Diversey Parkway, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Logan Square: New takeout-only sandwich spot Big Kids debuted this week from chefs Ryan Pfeiffer (Blackbird) and Mason Hereford of Nola sandwich spot Turkey & the Wolf. A love letter to growing up in the 1990s, Big Kids’ menu options include fried bologna (Paulina Meat Market bologna, mustard, Duke’s mayo, shredded lettuce, American cheese) and a collard melt (braised collard greens, piquante cherry pepper Russian dressing, Swiss, seeded rye). The theme extends to drinks, too, like a boozy Ecto Cooler (rum, honey, orange, “green stuff”), a bright green cult beverage of the ‘90s. It’s operating out of Young American’s bar space. Pre-orders are available via Tock. Big Kids, 2545 N. Kedzie Boulevard, Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

River North: Doma, a new Croatian all-day restaurant, is open in the former Qortoba Cafe space. Menu items include ćevapi, a grilled mince meat dish popular in southeastern Europe, as well as buttermilk pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, coffee, espresso, and tea. Online ordering is available via Toast. Stay tuned for more information. Doma, 946 N. Orleans Street, Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

A breakfast sandwich on a plate.
Doma Cafe’s breakfast sandwich.
Doma Cafe/Sarah Crowley

Streeterville: Rosebud Steakhouse has reopened on Walton Place under new ownership, according to the Tribune. Angelo Eliades and Steve Coppolilo, longtime employees of the restaurant group, have purchased both the Streeterville steakhouse and Rosebud Prime in the Loop. The restaurant’s menu remains largely the same, and there’s indoor and outdoor seating. Rosebud Steakhouse, 192 E. Walton Street, Open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

West Loop: Elegant West Loop cocktail bar Kumiko has returned with a new fall menu of immaculately-designed cocktails from partner and bartender Julia Momose. There’s also Japanese bar snacks, side dishes, and meals like duck soba (buckwheat noodles, charred winter squash, kombu dashi with tamari, Rohan duck breast, braised collard greens, pickled fennel, scallions). Outdoor seating is available in the garden, and there’s carryout as well. Kumiko, 630 W. Lake Street, Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Wheeling: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ new delivery-only pizzeria spot B Square Pizza is open in the northwest suburbs, according to a news release. It features pan-baked Detroit-style pies like the Mike B’s Special (sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, red onions, olives, pickled peppers), plus chicken wings, pastas, and hand pies (cinnamon apple or Michigan cherry) for dessert. Thin crust pizza is also available. Online ordering is available via ChowNow. B Square Pizza, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

October 2

Around Town: Rapper Wiz Khalifa’s stoner-friendly virtual restaurant Hotbox by Wiz launched Thursday in Chicago (and spots including New York City, Los Angeles, and Houston). Wiz fans can order “munchie menu” items like “Blazed Ends,” those crispy bits of burnt brisket served with barbecue sauces, “Mac and Yellow” mac and cheese, and a “Taylor Gang Turkey Burger” (lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, side of chips). It’s available for delivery only via third-party apps such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, and Grubhub. Hotbox by Wiz, Check delivery apps for hours.

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Irving Park: Ex-Sabatino’s chef Joel Piedra has opened his first restaurant, Avvio Italian Kitchen, where he’s featuring longtime favorites, including Shrimp DeJonghe. A beloved Northwest Side Italian-American staple, Sabatino’s closed in 2018, but founders Enzo and Angelo Pagni gave Piedra license to feature anything he wants off the original restaurant’s menu. That means plenty of pasta, hearty secondi, and flambe Baked Alaska for dessert. Avvio is BYOB for the time being. Reservations are available online. Avvio American Italian Kitchen, 4358 N. Elston Avenue, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Logan Square: Local Middle Eastern mini-chain Sultan’s Market has opened its third location, Block Club Chicago reports. The new outpost, across from the California Blue Line station, shares a space and ownership with Masada, another Middle Eastern restaurant. Owner Shadi Ramli also operates Sultan’s Market locations in Wicker Park and Lincoln Park. Sultan’s Market, 2204 N. California Avenue, Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

River West: New cafe Aglaïa Coffee and Tea Co. opened this week, according to a Facebook post, in a sleek yet unfussy space on Chicago Avenue. Offerings include organic coffee, tea, and specialty drinks, plus smoothies, pastries and additional light food like pumpkin spice oatmeal. Aglaïa Coffee and Tea Co., 925 W. Chicago Avenue, Open 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

West Loop: Kid-friendly retro spot Little Goat Diner from Top Chef and Iron Chef winner Stephanie Izard reopens for dine-in service Monday, according to a rep. Customers can choose items off a sizable and varied breakfast menu, or pick from sandwiches, salads, and burgers. Reservations are available via OpenTable. Little Goat Diner, 820 W. Randolph Street, Reopens for dine-in service Monday.

After six years of waiting, Nobu Chicago is open.
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West Loop: Celebrity-backed restaurant Japanese restaurant Nobu Chicago from famed chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa is, after six years of waiting, open on Randolph Restaurant Row. The ownership group, which includes actor Robert De Niro, first announced a Midwest expansion plan in 2013, but setback after setback has significantly muted excitement around the once buzzy debut. The restaurant is on the ground floor of the 11-story Nobu Hotel on the northwest corner of Randolph and Peoria. Nobu, 854 W. Randolph Street, open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.

Wrigleyville: Much-loved live music venue and sports-friendly watering hole GMan Tavern is back open, ownership announced Thursday in a Facebook post. They also emphasized that they’ll hold all patrons to social distancing and masking rules, and those who aren’t comfortable coming in but still want to support can pick up a growler to go. GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark Street, Check social media for updates on hours.

A piece of cooked lamb beside piles of rice
Lamb quzi
Spice & Fire Grill [Official Photo]

Morton Grove: Casual Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant Spice & Fire Grill opened in the suburbs this week, according to a Facebook post. The lunch and dinner menus, which pay special attention to Iraqi cuisine, feature options including lamb quzi (slow-cooked lamb, roasted nuts, raisins, rice), kebabs, shawarma, and more. Delivery is available through the restaurant’s website. Spice & Fire Grill, 7925 Golf Road in Morton Grove, Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

September 25

Avondale: Virtual Japanese-style curry house Bokuchan’s from chefs Shin Thompson and Līga Sigal of local ramen mini-chain Furious Spoon is now live, according to an Instagram post. The pair are featuring several types of Japanese curry, from a “Traditional Tonkatsu Kare” (fried Cheshire pork cutlet, curry sauce with potatoes and carrots, side of rice, shaved cabbage, cucumber salad) to an ultra-hot “Chicken Kamikaze Chan” that features a “dangerous” habanero-Cayenne chili blend and chicken katsu curry (the menu even reads “Warning! Do not order!!). Other options include curry fries, or waffle fries with curry sauce, along with matcha chocolate chip cookies. Customers can order for carryout or delivery via Toast and Tock. Bokuchan’s, 3517 N. Spaulding Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5 pm. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Fulton Market: Local cafe mini-chain Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea will reopen its Fulton Market location on Monday with a new menu, according to a rep. New offerings include breakfast tacos, chicken salad sandwiches, and a maple cinnamon matcha latte, along with a full coffee and tea menu plus seasonal “elixirs” like the “Sticky Chai Latte” (fresh chai soaked in buckwheat honey). The cafe will offer limited dine-in service, and neighbors , Ever, chef Curtis Duffy’s new fine dining restaurant. Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea, 1330 W. Fulton Market, Reopens Monday.

A wooden tabletop filled with plates and carryout boxes.
Fairgrounds’ new menu features sandwiches, salads, and more.
Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea [Official Photo]

Humboldt Park: New brewery Orkenoy is open inside the Kimball Arts Center off the 606 trail, featuring farmhouse-style beers, shareable plates and smorrebrod (Scandanavian open-faced sandwiches), and “Neo-Nordic tiki” cocktails, like the “Hyldemoer’s Garden” (tequila blanco, lime, butterfly pea flower and elderflower simple syrup, tarragon tincture, aquafaba). It’s the Humboldt Park’s first brewery. Ownership hopes to feature future events like concerts and gallery shows once it’s safe for crowds to gather. The brewery shares a space with LA-based Dayglow Coffee, which highlights Scandinavian single origin coffees and pastries from Andersonville bakery Lost Larson. Patrons can order online via Toast, and service is available through a walk-up window. Stay tuned for more details. Orkenoy, 1757 N. Kimball Avenue, inside the Kimball Arts Center, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.

Old Town: Venerable Chicago dive Old Town Ale House reopened Wednesday after retaining a retail food license from the city that will allow staff to serve frozen pizzas, according to the Tribune. The pies come from Warrenville-based producer Eastside Cafe. The Ale House had reopened and was subsequently shut down again in late July when city officials forbade bars without food from serving indoors. Since the original shutdown in March, manager Tim Polk, owner Tobin Mitchell, and Ale House mascot Bruce Elliott have fixed the floors, installed double-hung windows, and put in a new ventilation system, Elliott told Eater Chicago in August. There’s only indoor seating for now, but Polk told reporters that they may set out a few outdoor tables. Old Town Ale House, 219 W. North Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday; 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (hours are subject to change).

September 18

Around Town: Cat-Su Sando, a new virtual restaurant from fine-dining veterans Will Schlaeger (Next, Saison, Blackbird) and Shawn Clendening (Oriole, Saison, Blackbird), opened Monday featuring sandos, or Japanese-style sandwiches, skewers, fun snacks, and more. Menu items include five sando selections, including the signature Cat-Su Sando (fried pork cutlet, Cat-Su sauce, fermented jalapeno, cabbage, milk bread). The chefs plan to pop up with Cat-Su around the city before eventually settling into a permanent location. Carryout and delivery are now available via UberEats. Cat-Su Sando, 3220 W. Grand Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

A hand holds a sliced katsu sandwich.
Cat-Su Sando’s signature sandwich
Sydni Rackauskas/Cat-Su Sando

Around Town: Virtual sandwich spot Zenwich, which features Asian flavors, opened downtown last week, according to its owner. Menu options include a “Korean Cheese Steak” (Korean-style marinated brisket, caramelized onion, mushroom, Mozzarella, sesame oil) and “Thai BBQ” (Thai-style roasted pork belly, shredded carrot and daikon, cucumber, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, tangy-sweet aioli). Ordering is available online. Zenwich also operates locations in Elmhurst, Illinois, and St. Louis. A former location in the Loop closed in 2017. Zenwich, 850 W. Superior Street, Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Bucktown: The creators of pan-Latin Wicker Park restaurant Amaru launched a new virtual venture, Bloom Vegetarian Kitchen, on Thursday. Chef Rodolfo Cuadros’ new menu features animal-free dishes with a blend of Latin and Indian flavors, inspired in part by the Indian food he grew up eating in New Jersey and New York. Options include samosa chat (crispy samosas, garbanzos, onion, cilantro, tamarind, cashew crema), crispy hand-pulled noodles (Beyond ragout, cumin, fresh herbs, radishes), and Tacu Tacu (crispy Peruvian rice and chickpea cake, achiote). The restaurant is open for both carryout and delivery via Grubhub and DoorDash. Bloom Vegetarian Kitchen, 1904 W. North Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Samosa chat sits in a round black bowl.
Bloom Vegetarian Kitchen’s samosa chat
Lori Sapio/Bloom Vegetarian Kitchen

Bucktown: Wildly popular Japanese cream puff brand Beard Papa’s has returned to Chicago after eight years. The co-owner of local Mediterranean fast-casual chain I Dream of Falafel, Hassan Jaffrani, opened the new spot in late August. He’s featuring cream puff shells in flavors like honey butter, s’mores, and Oreo crumble, and fillings including vanilla, green tea matcha, and brown sugar boba. Staff members sold more than 2,000 puffs on opening day. A former Beard Papa’s location at Block 37 in the Loop closed in 2012. Beard Papa’s, 1924 W. North Avenue, (773) 904-7280, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

A small cream puff topped with chocolate icing and powdered sugar
Beard Papa’s is back in Chicago.
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Around Town: Family-owned virtual spot Bianca’s Burgers is open and offering crowd-pleasers like hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, onion rings, and (of course) burgers with halal beef patties for delivery and carryout only. Siblings, co-owners, and industry veterans Rafael and Elizabeth Royal feature options like “Bianca’s Brooklyn Chopped Cheese” (grilled onions, melted white American cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, toasted pub roll). Carryout and delivery are available via UberEats, DoorDash, Grubhub, and Postmates. Bianca’s Burgers, 3220 W. Grand Avenue, Open noon to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday; noon to 11 p.m. Tuesday; noon to midnight Wednesday through Saturday.

Logan Square: The team behind Andersonville bar and essential burger spot Little Bad Wolf have launched Gretel, their new restaurant, via walk-up window for the time being. Staff are currently offering a limited menu (which will expand when indoor dining commences next month) with cocktails, a burger, two types of lobster rolls, take-home oyster kits, and more. It’s all available for carryout or delivery via ChowNow. Stay tuned for more details. Gretel, 2833 W. Armitage Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

River West: Ownership at Gallery Cafe, a Wicker Park coffeeshop, art gallery, and community space, has opened a second location on Milwaukee Avenue, according to an Instagram post. The space opened with a show from popular Chicago street artist JC Rivera, plus smoothies, coffee drinks, snacks, and breakfast sandwiches like the “Spicy Bob Ross” (jalapeno cheddar bagel, two eggs, spicy ancho chipotle sauce, thick-cut bacon, red peppers, pepperjack cheese). The Gallery Cafe 2, 730 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

West Town: The owner of Upton’s Natural has opened a “radically vegan” doughnut shop. Liberation Donuts is open with 12 daily fried dough options named after team member’s favorite animals and animal liberation philosophies,” according to a rep. Flavors include “Beach Cow” (chocolate cake doughnut, vanilla glaze, flaky salt) and “Balaclava” (plain cake doughnut, sweet tahini glaze, pumpkin seed baklava). 50 percent of proceeds from the “Total Liberation” lemon poppyseed doughnut will go to an animal rights or humanitarian organization that rotates monthly. September features Lakeview cat cafe and rescue Catcade. Liberation Donuts, (312) 872-7838, 2054 W. Grand Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or while supplies last.

September 11

Douglas Park: Chef Philip Foss of avant-garde Michelin-starred restaurant EL Ideas is pivoting once again and has reopened his dining room for the first time since launching carryout in March, according to a Facebook post. The restaurant is currently “a one man show,” Foss writes in the comments, which means he’s offering dine-in only for the time being. Reservations are available online, and there’s an option to book the entire restaurant. EL Ideas, 2419 W. 14th Street, Open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Friday; 5:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Lincoln Square: Essential Irish pub the Grafton has reopened its patio along with limited indoor dining, according to a rep. The neighborhood spot is known for an extensive whiskey collection, and there’s also a menu of hearty pub food like burgers and Shepherd’s Pie. Ownership hopes to soon add music and virtual events. Online ordering for carryout is available via Toast. The Grafton Irish Pub & Grill, 4530 N. Lincoln Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

River North: Elsewhere, a new outdoor popup from the team behind whimsical Wicker Park restaurant Machine, debuts Friday on Chicago Avenue between Wells and Franklin according to co-owner Brian Galati. The River North location of Headquarters Beercade, Galati and co-owner Chireal Jordan’s arcade bar, is still closed nearby because of the pandemic. The 64-seat popup, featuring over-the-top cocktails, popular menu items from Machine, and “plush backyard vibes” allows the pair to do some outdoor business and expand Machine’s purview beyond its original neighborhood — “you can get Machine elsewhere,” Galati explains.

A white cocktail in a small glass topped with a hard candy disk. A small metal hammer sits beside it.
“Hey, Smash Me” ( (Hangar 1 Citron, riesling, honey, lemon, greek yogurt, lemon candy)
Elsewhere [Official Photo]

Menu items include Instagram-friendly communal cocktails including the “Black Hearts Club” (activated charcoal, Maestro Dobel tequila, Aperol, lemon, grapefruit, black rose) along with options for individuals including the interactive “Hey, Smash Me” (Hangar 1 Citron, riesling, honey, lemon, greek yogurt), which comes with a tiny hammer to shatter a hard lemon candy disk into the drink. The team is well aware that cold weather is fast approaching, and plans to battle the elements with heat lamps, custom blankets, and hot cocktails. Reservations are available via OpenTable. Elsewhere, Chicago Avenue between Wells and Franklin, Open 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday; 12 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

West Loop: Sawada Coffee, one of Chicago’s best coffee shops, is back open for the first time since March inside Green Street Smoked Meats, according to an Instagram post. It’s from star Japanese latte artist Hiroshi Sawada and Hogsalt Hospitality (Au Cheval). Patrons can expect a tight selection of espresso drinks, coffee, tea, and matcha that includes Sawada’s signature “Military Latte,” made with green tea and vanilla syrup. Sawada Coffee, 112 N. Green Street, Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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West Rogers Park: New Mediterranean spot Mr. Kabab debuted last week, ownership said in a phone call. Menu items include fattoush and tabbouleh salads, gyros, kababs, shawarma, and more. Both delivery and takeout are available via Yelp. Mr. Kabab, 1962 W. Peterson Avenue, Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

September 4

Around Town/Irving Park: Delivery and carryout-only restaurant Hawaiian Bros Island Grill has opened two Chicago locations — one inside Kitchen United’s virtual kitchen, and another in Irving Park. Designed to repackage the unpretentious plate lunch that’s popular among island locals, the menu features customizable dishes featuring a protein (there are several varieties of chicken plus “luau pig” and a vegetarian option) along with white rice and macaroni salad. The chain operates additional locations in Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. Orders can be placed online or by phone. Hawaiian Bros Island Grill, (312)761-2538 (Sedgewick Street) or (312)755-3918 (Spaulding Avenue), Open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

Lincoln Square: Family-owned ice cream shop Lincoln Ice Cream Company debuts Friday, according to Block Club Chicago. Co-owners and wife-and-husband team Linda and Edmundo Mozas are offering cold, sweet treats like ice cream and Italian ice as well as Cuban pastries, nachos, elote, and more. Edmundo Mozas told reporters that he hopes to soon introduce Cubano-style breakfast sandwiches and bring some Miami flavor to the area. Lincoln Square Ice Cream Company, 4919 N. Lincoln Avenue, Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Living Water Tea House’s layered iced green tea
Living Water Tea House [Official Photo]

Little Italy: New modern East Asian cafe Living Water Tea House is open with a thoughtfully chosen selection of teas including Japanese matcha, Taiwanese Dong Ding oolong, and fermented pu’erh tea from the Yunnan province in China. Living Water also features salted egg yolk, pineapple, and taro su, Chinese puff pastries that originated in the Tang Dynasty. Owner Cosette Liu is an artist and ceramicist, and displays ceramics from a several artists to compliment and enhance the shop’s organic aesthetic. Living Water Tea House, 1453 W. Taylor Street, Open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Old Town: The team behind shuttered New England-style spot Two Lights Seafood & Oyster reopens on Friday as a new Italian restaurant, Gussie’s Handmade Italian, according to a news release. The menu is largely pasta-centric, with options including pappardelle with duck ragu (duck confit, rosemary, orange zest), but also includes entrees like whole roasted Branzino. The restaurant is named for co-owner David Thate’s grandmother Augusta, whose family called her Gussie, and her love of cooking Italian food. Gussie’s Handmade Italian, 227 W. North Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m; Wednesday and Thursday; 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

A green tiled island counter in the middle of a restaurant space.
Tallboy Taco is open in Streeterville.
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Streeterville: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has opened a new space for its taqueria brand Tallboy Taco in a building near Northwestern Memorial Hospital that once housed Michelin-starred Tru. The new location features an entirely overhauled menu of changing seasonal ceviches, all-day breakfast tacos, and familiar lunch and dinnertime taco options like pork al pastor (marinated Beeler’s pork, onion, cilantro, pineapple). Corn tortillas are made on-site with white corn masa from local tortilleria El Popocatepetl. Tallboy Taco, 676 N. St. Clair Street, Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, order for carryout and delivery via Caviar.

Uptown: Venerable Chicago jazz club the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is back open — again — this time with a sidewalk patio, according to Block Club Chicago. The club initially reopened in June after the city’s months-long stay-at-home order, but was forced to close again in July when officials shut down indoor service at bars without food. Some business is better than none, owner Dave Jemilo told reporters, so he decided to invest in a 25-35 seat patio and has partnered with neighboring restaurant Fiesta Mexicana so customers can order food. There won’t be music, however, as the city scolded Jemilo for a curbside concert outside the venue in June. It first opened in 1914. The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway Street, Open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

West Loop: Gold Goose, a new Old World-style European cafe in Politan Row food hall, opened this week with a limited menu that will run through Sunday. After that, chef and owner Jeremy Leven plans to start offering a full menu via third-party delivery companies. He’s featuring “stuff on toast” including French tartines, Danish smorrebrod, and Spanish bocadillos, along with light salads and a selection of botanical drinks inspired in part by his time at world-famous Copenhagen restaurant Noma. Gold Goose at Politan Row Chicago, 111 N. Aberdeen Street, Check Instagram for hours.

West Town: Relaxed cocktail spot Damen Tavern reopened in late August with sidewalk seating, according to a Facebook post. It’s also teamed up with folks at taco bar El Metro Cantina to feature a menu of nachos, burritos, flautas, and more with free delivery for Damen Tavern customers. Damen Tavern, 701 N. Damen Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday.

Wrigleyville: Louisiana-themed sandwich spot Krewe Po’Boy Shop is open right beside sister restaurant Houndstooth Saloon, according to a rep. Chef David Dickensauge’s (Charlie Trotter’s) sandwich menu includes dressed fried chicken, oyster, and catfish po’boys, along with “Jumbo Cajun” tater tots served Chicago style (chili, cheddar cheese, jalepeno, onion) or NOLA style (crawfish etouffee, pimento cheese, pickled green tomato), and more. Pick-up and delivery are available via Toast, Doordash, and Grubhub. Krewe Po’Boy Shop, 3365 N. Clark Street, Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

August 28

Fulton Market: A new restaurant and bar called Marvin’s Food & Fuel opens Friday in the former home of John Manion’s longtime essential restaurant La Sirena Clandestina, ownership wrote on Instagram. It’s helmed by chef Mitch Cavanah (GT Fish & Oyster, Sink|Swim), who offers a menu of sandwiches and comfort food like a char siu pork sandwich (daikon slaw, pickled jalapeño, garlic aioli) and “old school skirt steak” (burnt onions, garlic whipped potatoes). Patrons can also expect a cocktail list along with beers, ciders, and wine. Marvin’s Food & Fuel, 954 W. Fulton Market, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday.

Logan Square: Easy Does It, the new natural wine bar from owner Zach Eastman (Saved by the Max), opens its 15-table patio Friday. Customers can also expect craft beer and cocktails. Eastman is sad to say goodby to East Room, the late-night club which he operated in the space for six years, but acknowledges that small spot is not pandemic-friendly. The change didn’t come as a result of COVID-19 — owners announced plans to close and reconcept in November 2019. Easy Does It, 2354 W. Milwaukee Avenue, open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations via Tock.

Pullman: South Side nightlight spot B’z Sports Bar and Grill reopened Wednesday, according to a Facebook post. Ownership has set up a spacious tent called the “igloo” where patrons can drink cocktails and enjoy live music. It’s geared toward folks 35 years and older. B’z Sports Bar and Grill, 12001 S. Halsted Street, Open 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday; 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

River North: Swanky restaurant and cocktail bar Celeste is back open with two discrete spaces for open-air dining, according to a news release: “the Pub” on the first floor, which features a six-table sidewalk patio, and “the Roof Garden,” which is open to the public during the week and available for those with tickets to its summer music series on weekends. The second floor Deco Room can be booked for private events. Celeste, 111 W. Hubbard Street, Open 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Friday; 2 p.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

West Loop: A new casual restaurant called the Outpost Mexican Eatery debuted downtown this month, according to a rep. It features a tight selection of tacos, burritos, and burrito bowls, snacks like elote and nachos, and a few breakfast items such as chilaquiles. Its Harrison Street space was formerly occupied by Mexican restaurant Don Fresco. The Outpost Mexican Eatery, 520 W. Harrison Street, Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wicker Park: BroBagel, the neighboring spinoff of Piece Pizza, reopens Saturday with a limited menu, according to an Instagram post. Customers can expect bagels sold by the half-dozen (plain, sesame, poppy, everything, garlic, onion, and salt) plus cream cheese spreads and lox in a grab-and-go format via walkup window. Ownership promises that the menu will grow and evolve over time. For the time being, orders can only be placed in person. BroBagel, 1931 W. North Avenue, Open 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.


Wicker Park: Iconic Chicago dive Gold Star Bar reopened this week with patio seating on the front sidewalk where bleary-eyed late-night patrons once lingered, according to a Facebook post. Popcorn and pizza are also available. In the comments, ownership promises the pool table will be back soon. Gold Star Bar, 1755 W. Division Street, Open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday; 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Wicker Park: Southern restaurant the Delta reopened this week with a new chef and an updated menu after overcoming challenges both external and internal. In May, co-owner Eldridge Williams closed the restaurant and filed a lawsuit after a disagreement with an investor over the restaurant’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. Ultimately, however, the two were able to work through their differences, leading Williams to drop the lawsuit and start planning for a relaunch. Williams and his team have made improvements to the space, including a new enclosed back patio that can seat 30 with social distancing. The Delta, 1745 W. North Avenue, Open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday.

August 21

Bucktown: New neighborhood restaurant Savannah Luncheonette opens Friday with comfort food and martinis from Marc Wuenschel, the owner of River North’s Hutch Cafe, Hutch Bistro in Lakeview, and Savannah Supper Club in Roscoe Village, according to Block Club Chicago. It’s in the space that formerly housed Gigi’s Kitchen, and aims to become the kind of local destination that lures in neighbors multiple times a week. Menu items include parker house rolls, wood-fired pizzas, and hearty entrees like steak au poivre. Customers can also count on five types of martinis, a collection of classic cocktails such as Sazaracs and Negronis, a few beers, and wine by the bottle and glass. It’s outfitted with a retractable garage door-style window that keeps air flowing, but doesn’t have a patio. Savannah Luncheonette, 1954 W. Armitage Avenue, Check the website for hours.

An outdoor patio
Pizza Lobo opens with patio service.
Pizza Lobo/Wade McElroy

Logan Square: Pizza Lobo, a new pizzeria and bar from former Bad Hunter chef Dan Snowden and Heisler Hospitality (Sportsman’s Club), launched this week in the former Big & Little’s, according to a rep. Snowden’s food menu features features a smattering of salads and starters along with six pies with a New York-style crust, ranging from a familiar margherita to the “provolone and ‘nduja” (pink sauce, smoked provolone, ‘nduja, bay leaf ricotta). Pizzas come in two sizes: a 16-inch “regular” and 10-inch “snack.” Bar patrons can expect a rotating selection of familiar, rare, and seasonal beers from 3 Floyds and a variety of natural wines by the glass or bottle. Cocktails, both draft and frozen, are also on offer, such as a frozen Sidecar the “Lil’ Penny” (Courvoisier, curacao, wildflower honey, lime). There’s also cookies and ice cream (think flavors like cranberry cheesecake) from former Bad Hunter pastry chef Danielle Snow. Pizza Lobo is open for outdoor patio service, as well as delivery and carryout via walk-up window. Ordering is available online. Pizza Lobo, 3000 W. Fullerton Avenue, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Logan Square: Throwback neighborhood spot Welcome Back Lounge is, in fact, back, according to a Facebook post. Menu options include a tight selection of sandwiches and burgers, along with snacks, Jell-O shots, and plenty of drinks. It’s from from the owners of more opulent spots the Vig and the Whale, and also features a beer garden. Welcome Back Lounge, 2423 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

River North: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Spanish-style wine bar and tapas spot Bar Ramone reopened Thursday, according to a rep. Menu items include familiar hits including pintxos, or skewered bar snacks, along with Spanish meats, cheeses, and seafood. The restaurant features patio and limited indoor seating, and is offering wine and snacks to go on Wednesday through Sunday. Ordering is available via Tock. Bar Ramone, 441 N. Clark Street, Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

River North: Rooftop bar and terrace Upstairs at the Gwen has returns Friday with its sweeping views of the city, according to a rep. The menu features cocktails, tons of wine and beer, small plates, and a handful of entrees. There’s also a weekend brunch menu, also accompanied by cocktails. Reservations are available via Tock. Upstairs at the Gwen, 521 N. Rush Street, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (brunch) and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. (dinner) Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (brunch) and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. (dinner) Sunday.

Rogers Park: Gyros and falafel slinger the Halal Guys opens its third Chicago location Friday near Loyola University, according to Block Club Chicago. It’s from suburban franchisee Dimitris Bouhoutsos, who reopened locations in the Loop and Gold Coast in late 2019 and early 2020. Those restaurants closed last July after a dispute between the former franchise group and corporate ownership led franchisees to file a federal lawsuit. Delivery is available via UberEats. The Halal Guys, 6474 N. Sheridan Road, Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

South Loop: Fruve xPress Juicery, an upscale juice bar that closed a location on Wabash in November, has opened in a new space, according to Sloopin. It features items like cold press juices, smoothies, salads, soups, paninis, and acai bowls. Fruve also operates a spot in West Loop. Fruve xPress Juicery, 1131 S. State Street, Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Loop: Casual open-air bar and lounge Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar in the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel is back open, according to a rep. It offers stellar views, lots of drinks, and a menu of relaxed American bites like burgers, salads, and snacks. Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar, 1 W. Wacker Drive, Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

West Town: The creative tacos from Arigato Market are back. The tacos, which are in flour tortillas feature flavors like a homestyle Japanese curry (which, for the first time is available in a non-taco format). They’ll be doing new bento box which chef and owner Brett Suzuki says offers a “safe, clean, healthy, and delicious alternative to fast food items.” Check out the menu here. Arigato Market, 1407 W. Grand Avenue, Open 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at On Tour Brewery; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at On Tour.

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August 14

Andersonville: Globally-inspired street food spot Gadabout has reopened for dine-in service for weekday dinner and weekend brunch, according to a rep. Executive chef Rolf Pedersen (Pacific Standard Time, Girl & the Goat) and sous and pastry chef Meg Pedersen (Yusho, Hopleaf) have introduced a new menu with seasonal dishes such as summer corn (black pepper mascarpone, sweet pepper vinaigrette, bacon, spiced cornflakes). Gadabout, 5212 N. Clark Street, Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Bucktown: Gaming bar and restaurant WhirlyBall has reopened its bi-level Chicago location, along with suburban outposts in Naperville and Vernon Hills, according to a rep. Staff have instituted social distancing measures and cleaning procedures to try to keep indoor space safe, and reservations are required in Chicago and Vernon Hills. WhirlyBall, 1825 W. Webster Avenue. Open by reservation only.

Lakeview: Southern Italian restaurant Coda di Volpe on Saturday is slated to launch the Foxhole, a walk-up window featuring a casual all-day menu of food, coffee, cocktails, and desserts, according to a news release. Menu items include focaccia made with imported Italian grains (available by the slice, half pan and whole pans), a rotating sandwich of the day, pastas, entrees, and drinks like white grapefruit Negronis. Foxhole patrons can snag open spots on Coda di Volpe’s patio from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The Foxhole, 3335 N. Southport Avenue. Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Foxhole opens in Lakeview Saturday.
The Foxhole/Maypole Studios Photography

Logan Square: Ultra-modern Indian restaurant Superkhana International reopened its takeout window this week with breakfast sandwiches and drinks such as its signature chilled chai and mango lassis, according to a rep. Two local purveyors — Takeaway Bagel and Be Cordials — are also launching for the first time via Superkhana’s handy window. There’s more to come: Later this month, the team plans to introduce new grocery items like tamarind chutney and pickle puree, as well as kits featuring dal and rice or chaat masala. Service is currently takeout-only. Superkhana International, 3059 W. Diversey Avenue. Check the website for hours.

River North: Edie’s All Day Cafe & Bar, a new upscale spot from Protein Bar founder Matt Matros, debuted this week with a full-serviced coffee bar, light breakfast options, sandwiches, flatbreads, cheese and charcuterie plates, and plenty of cocktails. The space formerly housed a location of Limitless Coffee & Tea, also founded by Matros. Texas-based beverage giant Keurig Dr Pepper acquired Limitless, a Chicago company that produces “lightly caffeinated” sparking water, coffee, and tea drinks, in January. Edie’s All Day Cafe & Bar, 675 N. Wells Street. Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

A breakfast sandwich
Edie’s “Breakfast Sammie” (poppyseed bun, cheddar, bacon, 3-minute egg)
Edie’s All Day Cafe & Bar [Official Photo]

River North: Downtown Italian restaurant Noninna, sister to popular River West spot Piccolo Sogno, is open with a revamped interior, an outdoor patio, and a collaborative “secret garden” called Casa Nonnina. Its menu features cocktails, Italian spirits, and dishes ranging from arancini to pizzas, according to a rep. Casa Nonnina, which is set up inside a white tent at at 330 N. Clark Street, is a joint project among the restaurant, neighboring antique store the Golden Triangle, and farm-to-table spot the Kitchen American Bistro, along with its gardening education nonprofit Big Green. A portion of Casa Nonnina proceeds will go to Big Green. Noninna, 340 N. Clark Street, Open 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

River West: Neighborhood cocktail spot the Dandy Crown returned in early August with a massive new patio that seats 126 — more than double its capacity inside — according to co-owner Julia Shell (A.J. Hudson’s Public House). The bar’s freshly painted dark blue fence was anonymously tagged with the word “resist,” which inspired Shell to enlist local muralists to add portraits and quotes from activists, artists, and musicians including Angela Davis, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Lewis, and the Supremes. Dandy Crown is offering a thoughtful and varied cocktail list, as well as beer, wine, and happy hour specials. The Dandy Crown, 694 North Milwaukee Avenue. Open 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday; noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

August 7

Bucktown: Leavitt Street Inn & Tavern, the bar and inn located in the former Mickey’s Tavern space, is open and has introduced patio seating, according to an Instagram post. The venue was first announced in August 2014, with an expected opening of spring 2015, but owners faced significant delays and red tape along the way. Leavitt Street Inn & Tavern, 2345 N. Leavitt Street. Hours are not yet posted.

Bucktown: Ice cream spot Sweetbar debuted this week inside restaurant incubator and “micro food hall” Chop Society with frozen custard, trifle-esque “sweet jars” in flavors like chocolate birthday cake and strawberry shortcake, and edible raw cookie dough, according to a news release. Other offerings include sundaes, thick frozen custard “concretes” with mix-ins, smoothies, and more. The space features indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a drive-thru window. Sweetbar, 2775 N. Elston Avenue. Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, open for online ordering via ChowNow.

Lakeview: Michael Kornick and David Morton’s DMK Burger Bar and Fish Bar are both back open as of Friday with limited dine-in and patio seating, along with a few menu tweaks, according to a rep: all burgers now come with a side of fries for the first time at Burger Bar, and Fish Bar now features cocktails to go. Carryout and delivery are also available. DMK Burger Bar and Fish Bar, 2954 N. Sheffield Avenue. Open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Lincoln Park: Suburban Elmhurst breakfast spot Stray Hen Cafe has expanded its footprint into the city with a Clark Street location. Its egg-centric menu is overflowing with breakfast and brunch options, from bowls to skillets to French toast. It’s located in the space formerly occupied by sports bar Lincoln Park Stadium Club and Drawl Southern Cookhouse & Whiskey Room, and is open for limited dine-in service, carryout, and delivery. Stray Hen Cafe, 2423 N. Clark Street, Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Open for carryout and delivery via Toast.

Stray Hen Cafe
Stray Hen Cafe [Official Photo]

Logan Square: Casual Korean barbecue spot K-Fire Korean BBQ is open in the Logan Apartments complex on the former Mega Mall site featuring grilled-to-order barbecue plates of “K-Fire spicy chicken,” kalbi, ginger-soy beef, meat-free “Impossible kalbi,” and more, according to Block Club Chicago. The space features a takeout window, and is open for limited dine-in service, carryout, and delivery. K-Fire Korean BBQ, 2528 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The Loop: Downtown landmark Russian Tea Time is back more than a year after it closed for renovations in June 2019, according to a rep. Partners promise a “refreshed” space that still exudes old-world charm with ornate picture frames and red tufted banquettes, as well as a menu of regional classics such as beef stroganoff and Ukrainian borscht, along with caviar service, and afternoon tea. The 26-year-old restaurant is offering dine-in service as well as carryout and delivery. Russian Tea Time, 77 E. Adams Street. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, Open for carryout and delivery via GrubHub and Toast.

The Loop: Upscale food court Seven on State inside Macy’s State Street has reopened its main dining hall featuring items like burgers, tacos, and the historic Walnut Room’s popular chicken pot pie, according to a rep. Online ordering for pickup is also available. Seven on State, 111 N. State Street, Seventh Floor, Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, Open for carryout via GrubHub.

West Loop: Maude’s Liquor Bar, the wildly popular Randolph Street bar and restaurant from Au Cheval owner Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt Hospitality group, has reopened for both patio and indoor service, according to a Facebook post. Patrons can expect seafood towers, steak, pomme frites with garlic aoli, and plenty of drinks. Delivery is also available. Maude’s Liquor Bar, 840 W. Randolph Street, Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Open for delivery via Caviar.

Skokie: Suburban Evanston-based Sketchbook Brewing has launched an “ambitious” production brewery and taproom in nearby Skokie that will allow the company to quadruple its production, according to the Tribune. It’s in the former Arcade Brewing space that closed in 2016 when its contract brewer, Ale Syndicate, also went out of business. The taproom’s capacity is limited to 50 people for the time being — though the 4,000 square-foot space can seat more than 280 in total, and the space includes an 800 square-foot patio. Sketchbook Brewing, 4901 Main Street in Skokie. Open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

For a list of the 2020 spring/summer openings, click here.

DMK Burger Bar

2954 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

The Gingerman Tavern

3740 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 549-2050

Sawada coffee

33 Cortlandt Alley, Manhattan, NY 10013 (917) 710-6039 Visit Website


1757 N. Kimball Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 Visit Website


5212 North Clark Street, , IL 60640 (773) 944-0429 Visit Website


350 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60614 (773) 799-8478 Visit Website

Sultan's Market

2057 West North Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 235-3072 Visit Website

Piccolo Sogno

464 North Halsted Street, , IL 60642 (312) 421-0077 Visit Website


820 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 667-0108 Visit Website

Pizza Lobo

3000 West Fullerton Avenue, , IL 60647 (312) 265-1745 Visit Website

Superkhana International

3059 West Diversey Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 661-9028 Visit Website

The Dandy Crown

694 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 846-6420 Visit Website

Protein Bar

151 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

The Grafton Irish Pub & Grill

4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 271-9000 Visit Website


5148 North Clark Street, , IL 60640 (773) 334-9851 Visit Website

Arigato Market

1407 West Grand Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 265-0966 Visit Website

Metropolitan Brewing

3057 North Rockwell Street, , IL 60618 (773) 754-0494 Visit Website


1835 West North Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 289-4991 Visit Website

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

4514 Cole Avenue, , TX 75205 (214) 774-9180 Visit Website

The Kitchen American Bistro

316 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 836-1300 Visit Website

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

1 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 372-7200 Visit Website

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 878-5552 Visit Website

Chop Society

2775 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 772-8100 Visit Website

Bad Hunter

802 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 265-1745 Visit Website

Bar Ramone

441 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 985-6909 Visit Website

Pacific Standard Time

141 West Erie Street, , IL 60654 (312) 736-1778 Visit Website

Avvio Italian Kitchen

4358 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641 708-667-0866 Visit Website

Cheba Hut Wicker Park

1950 W. Division Street, Chicago, IL 60622 Visit Website

Fry the Coop

1529 West Chicago Avenue, , IL 60642 (312) 600-6198 Visit Website


1755 West Division Street, , IL 60622 Visit Website

Old Town Ale House

219 West North Avenue, , IL 60610 (312) 944-7020 Visit Website

Girl & The Goat

809 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 492-6262 Visit Website

Coda di Volpe

3335 North Southport Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 687-8568 Visit Website

Living Water Tea House

1453 West Taylor Street, , IL 60607 (312) 846-6919 Visit Website

Little Goat Diner

820 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 888-3455 Visit Website


111 W Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312 880 1511 Visit Website


1880 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 486-7777

Dimo's Pizza

3463 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 525-4580 Visit Website


520 West Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 667-4560 Visit Website

Maude's Liquor Bar

840 W Randolph St, , IL 60607 (312) 243-9712 Visit Website

Jade Court Chinese Cuisine

626 South Racine Avenue, , IL 60607 (312) 929-4828 Visit Website

Raised, an Urban Rooftop Bar

1 West Wacker Drive, , IL 60601 (312) 795-3444 Visit Website

Middle Brow Bungalow

2840 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 Visit Website

Upstairs at The Gwen

, , IL 60611 (312) 645-1500 Visit Website

Ocean Prime

87 East Wacker Drive, , IL 60601 (312) 428-4344 Visit Website


340 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 822-0077 Visit Website

Public House

400 North State Street, , IL 60654 (312) 265-1240 Visit Website

Fish Bar

2956 North Sheffield Avenue, , IL 60657 (773) 360-8686 Visit Website

EL ideas

2419 West 14th Street, , IL 60608 (312) 226-8144 Visit Website

Mfk Restaurant

432 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 773 857 2540 Visit Website


3301 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 248-1155 Visit Website

Rosebud Steakhouse

192 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 397-1000 Visit Website


1931 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 772-4422 Visit Website

Lettuce Entertain You

5419 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640

Limitless Coffee & Tea

217 North Green Street, , IL 60607 (312) 929-4643 Visit Website


1846 W. Division Street, Chicago, IL Visit Website

Russian Tea Time

77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 360-0000 Visit Website

Stray Hen Cafe

2423 North Clark Street, , IL 60614 (773) 697-8168 Visit Website


111 West Hubbard Street, , IL 60654 (312) 828-9000 Visit Website


3209 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 252-0997 Visit Website

Nobu Chicago

854 West Randolph Street, , IL 60607 (312) 779-8800 Visit Website


200 North Green Street, , IL 60607 (312) 761-1717 Visit Website

Easy Does It

2354 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 420-9463 Visit Website

The Delta

135 South 6th Avenue, , AZ 85701 (520) 524-3400 Visit Website


99 Hudson Street, Manhattan, NY 10013 (212) 775-9000 Visit Website


630 West Lake Street, , IL 60661 (312) 285-2912 Visit Website

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